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Peter Borden awarded NRSA Fellowship

PeterCongratulations! Neural Encoding Laboratory member Peter Young Borden was awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship  (F-31) for two years of funding! His project titled Thalamic Control of Cortical Sensory Processing During Active Sensing  will explore how neural system alter during states of self-motion. In particular, this work will investigate how the thalamo-cortical sensory circuit changes during active sensing in rodents using cutting edges techniques. He will continue his training under the guidance of Dr. Garrett Stanley at Georgia Tech on his path to becoming an independent researcher.

Clarissa Whitmire Awarded the 2016 Stuart Zola Graduate Fellowship in Neuroscience

Clarissa Whitmire, a PhD candidate in the Georgia Tech/Emory Biomedical Engineering program, has been awarded the 2016 Stuart Zola Graduate Fellowship in Neuroscience. This fellowship, administered by the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, was founded in honor of Dr Stuart Zola, previous director of the Yerkes National Primate Center from 2001 until 2014. As part of this fellowship,Clarissa will be invited to speak at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center Symposium this Fall and will receive funding to promote her professional development.

CEISMC Math Outreach Event

In conjunction with CEISMC Math and Science Partnership (MSP) the Stanley lab hosted several groups of middle school and high school teachers for a hands on math and science demonstration. The goal of the MSP event was to tie math to real world applications, giving the teachers tools they need to inspire students. The lessons fused on demonstrating neural activity in muscles using EMG recording. Teachers were given the opportunity to try on EMG electrodes and record their muscle activity during a variety of tasks. They focused on experimental design and reducing variability between subjects. The data was then graphed and trends were pulled out of them showing how math is actively used in scientific settings.

The Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC) (pronounced like “seismic”) is a partnership uniting the Georgia Institute of Technology with educational groups, schools, corporations, and opinion leaders throughout the state of Georgia.


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GIFT Program participant: Daniel Suarez

Daniel Suarez, a recent graduate of Georgia State who will be starting his career as a middle school teacher this fall, joined the Stanley lab for three weeks this summer. While here he worked to develop a neuroscience lesson geared towards the middle school age range that is both interactive and informative. At the end of his time he demonstrated his lesson in front of a panel of researches and was given feedback. He will now be able to take this lesson whim as he starts teaching with a continued pledge of support from the Stanley lab.

The GIFT program provides paid summer STEM internships in industry workplaces and university laboratories for K-12 science, mathematics, and technology teachers. Teachers spend 4 to 7 weeks experiencing first hand how industrial scientists and researchers approach problems, design experiments, interpret data, communicate findings, and develop and implement workplace solutions. GIFT offers teachers real world applications of the subjects they teach, allowing them to increase content knowledge and gain practical examples of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics applications for enriched instruction and teaching practices based on evidence-based experiences.